ERIC Number: ED360256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Technology, Training, and Curricula Revisited: The National Science Foundation Grant to the Science Academy of Austin 1991-92. Final Report.
The Austin (Texas) Science and Mathematics Consortium funded by a 4-year grant that has 2 basic goals: to improve the skills of K-12 teachers in science and mathematics and to increase student learning and performance in science concepts. Program activities, which began in 1990-91, focus on four components: curriculum development, staff development, student participation, and private sector involvement. This evaluative report relates findings that emerged from survey data collected from participating teachers and students. The three new curricula piloted during 1991-92 focused on environmental issues and received positive ratings from the piloting teachers. Most students who participated in the pilot curricula projects reported an increased knowledge and awareness of environmental issues. Some students reported increased interest in science. During the three staff development institutes held for teachers during the summer of 1991, teachers received training in educational technology and curriculum development. As a result of the Technology Institute, teachers reported an increase in both their computer skills and classroom use. However, few of the teachers who participated in the institute on water pollution consistently monitored their curriculum-related activities, resulting in little information on the impact of this staff development activity. The program included extensive private sector involvement. (IAH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Program Evaluation, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.